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2001 vw golf left tail light is out fuses seem ok no power at socket''''I have read of this proplem on other vws .

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  • moorpark99 Jan 03, 2011

    Hello, if the dealer will not fix it I may start looking around the at the headlight switch and wiring I have also heard there is an adapter for the more simple american switch with fewer positions that can be a problem.vbcthtna eheadlight switch thanks, howard



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I would double check the connector and inspect the wires running into it. Do you have continuity on the ground side? If so, trace the wire back. Is there power at the switch to the tail lights?

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The 2000 to 2006 Volkswagens have had electrical recalls on them and are notorious for having lighting problems. Best bet would be to call your dealerships and find out if they can fix it for free.They know of a circuitry issue with these cars and there most likely is a service bulluitin on this issue from Volkwagen Just as a precaution before contacting VW I have some follow up notes.
Do you have power at the fuse block on the tailights? if so it is somewhere in the wiring between the fuse and the light. If you have a multimeter check for 12 volts on both side of the fuse for tailights.two fuses one for each side of the car. I would just ask that you make sure you don't have power to the socket by switching the right and left bulbs around to see if this helps. Ihave sen bad bulbs that appear to be good, and if they are not an excact replacement they can sometimes cause troubles, always use good quality replacements. Here are the bulbs used by the Fox, and most other VWs... all should be available at any good auto parts store. Two codes are listed for each -- the first (four digits) is the American code, and the second (letters and numbers) is the European code. Both codes refer to the same bulb type -- at an auto parts store you'll find them on the shelf arranged by the American codes, but if you look at the packaging of the bulbs themselves it will also list the European code. Front side marker (Fox I only): 2821, W3W
Front turn signal/parking light (dual-filament): 7528, P21/5W
Rear turn signal: 7506, P21W
Rear backup light: 7506, P21W
Rear brake light/taillight (dual-filament): 7528, P21/5W
Rear center brake light: 2825, W5W
Rear license plate light: 3893, T4W
Rear side marker: 2821, W3W
Note: Avoid American bulbs with copper bases, such as 1156 or 1157. These will appear to work okay, but they were designed for different voltages and amperages and have been known to melt taillight lenses on VWs! They also don't last as long. So although they cost more and are harder to find, go for European bulbs (with silver-colored nickel plated bases) only. These bulbs are very high quality -- you can often find a 20-year-old Volkswagen still using its original signal bulbs, because these European bulbs last so long before burning out

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